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Academic and Research Misconduct in the PhD: Issues for Students and Supervisors

Mitchell, Theresa and Carroll, J. (2008) Academic and Research Misconduct in the PhD: Issues for Students and Supervisors. Nurse Education Today, 28 (2). pp. 218-226. ISSN 0260-6917

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There are many pressures upon PhD students not least the requirement to make an original or significant contribution to knowledge. Some students, confronted with complex research processes, might adopt practices that compromise standards that are unacceptable within a research community. These practices challenge the PhD student–supervisor relationship and have implication for the individual, the supervisory team, the institution, the awarding body and the wider research context.

Discussion relating to misconduct within the PhD is of international importance if the aim is to encourage and facilitate rigorous research practice.

Cases involving academic and research misconduct, especially those occurring at PhD level, are likely to become more frequent as numbers of PhD students increase and will demand appropriate, defensible responses from supervisors. Misconduct during PhD study can be difficult to resolve because of lack of clarity in definitions, supervisor naı¨veté and failure to acknowledge students’ decision making limitations.

Using scenarios from the first author’s supervisory practice to illustrate issues of concern for students and supervisors during PhD supervision, the authors aim to illuminate the importance of engagement with regulatory bodies; problems of knowledge and understanding transfer; culturally specific issues and meanings of academic theft.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: misconduct, PhD supervision, academic, research
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Theresa Mitchell
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2015 09:05
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:07

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